Hugh Willard Rogers (1761 - 1848)

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Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Death: Died in Fines Creek, Haywood, North Carolina, USA
Managed by: Jesse Gerald Taylor Jr.
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About Hugh Willard Rogers

A Patriot of the American Revolution for NORTH CAROLINA (Soldier). DAR Ancestor #: A098040 -------------------- Birth: 1760 Philadelphia Philadelphia County Pennsylvania, USA Death: Oct. 29, 1848 Fines Creek Haywood County North Carolina, USA

Revolutionary soldier Hugh Rogers was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1760 to Robert and Frances Russell Rogers. Robert's father, Samuel, came from County Cork, Ireland in 1758. Being a shipbuilder by trade, Samuel helped build the ship he sailed on in return for passage to the Colonies.

Hugh moved with his family to Mecklenburg County, North Carolina about 1774. His father, Robert, worked in a plant that manufactured gunpowder used by the American Patriots in the Battle of King's Mountain on 7 Oct 1780 on the North Carolina & South Carolina border. Hugh enlisted as a private at age 20, fought in the Battle of King's Mountain and served under General Sumter in the North Carolina Militia (No. 3242). Thomas Jefferson called it "The turn of the tide of success." The battle of Kings Mountain, fought October 7th, 1780, was an important American victory during the Revolutionary War. The battle was the first major Patriot victory to occur after the British invasion of Charleston, South Carolina in May 1780. The battle of Kings Mountain lasted about one hour. American Patriots (Whigs) lost 28, while the American Loyalists (Torries) lost 225 killed and 716 captured. The dead were buried on the battlefield in unmarked graves, they have never been found. 

Hugh met Nancy Thornton on the final day of the battle as she carried water to the soldiers. She was the daughter of Colonel John Thornton and Jane Washington Thornton. After the Revolution, Hugh's father received a land grant in the area now located in Washington County, Tennessee. The Rogers family along with the Thornton family moved there near Bent Creek, Tennessee and a few years later Hugh and Nancy were married. In 1791 this area was later remapped and became a part of Buncombe County, North Carolina. Robert Rogers died during this time and was buried near what is today the present entrance to Biltmore Estate at Asheville, Buncombe County, North Carolina.

About 1800, Hugh and Nancy moved their family to Fines Creek in Buncombe County. In 1808 this area became a part of Haywood County, North Carolina. There Hugh and Nancy raised their family. Nancy died in 1843 and Hugh 5 years later in 1848. They are buried at the Thad Rogers Cemetery located in the Upper Fines Creek Community in Haywood County. At the time of the 1810 U S Census there were only between eight to fifteen families living in the area per the census taker's notes. 

{a note about Thad Rogers - Thad is Allen Thaddeus Rogers son of Nicolas Powers Rogers and he being a son of Hughey Rogers. Since Thad Rogers was not born until 1839 he would have been only about age 4 at the death of his grandmother Nancy and age 9 at the death of his grandfather Hugh. Thus my interpretation of the cemetery name is this: The property where the cemetery is located was originally a family graveyard but later passed down to Thad by his own father at his death. Several of the Rogers family were already buried at this location and Thad probably decided to dedicate this area as a permanent cemetery. The cemetery is located on top of a small hill - access is available only by pulling off to the side of the country road and climbing up the hill by a sloped embankment. There are many markers herein which are worn down to rough rock rubble with no information readable.}

More About HUGH ROGERS: After Military service in the Revolutionary War - North Carolina Line Hugh Rogers was appointed Constable of Washington County, North Carolina in 1787. Later, he was a Juror in the Court of Pleas & Quarter Sessions of Washington County [1778-79]. His wife was the niece of President George Washington.

"Robert, Frances and Hughey Rogers probably moved from Philadelphia to Rowan County, North Carolina. Land records in Rowan County show that they bought 279 acres in 1765. These records also state that Robert was a blacksmith and that they sold this land in 1774. It is not clear where they went from Rowan County, but since Hughey fought in the battle of Kings Mountain and Robert was a blacksmith (which would have been very much in demand by the army at that time) they probably followed the Revolutionary army to somewhere close to Kings Mountain.

"It has been reported that John Thornton made the powder that was used in the battle of Kings Mountain and his young daughter Nancy (age 13) carried water to Colonel Sevier and his men as they passed up the mountain to attack the British Colonel Ferguson. This is where Nancy first met Hugh. "It is confirmed that Robert Rogers and John Thornton both owned land in Greene County, Tennessee and that Hugh and Nancy followed their parents to Greene County after the war. "The marriage bond of Hugh and Nancy was dated October 28, 1789 in Greene County, Tennessee. Hugh was age 29 and Nancy was age 22. This was a bit older than many couples of the time as most men were married by age 21 and women by age 17.

"In the late 1700's Robert bought a lot of land in Buncombe County which at that time included Haywood County . It is believed that Hugh and Nancy moved to Buncombe County with Hugh's parents in the late 1700's and then to Fines Creek around 1800.

"Robert Rogers is believed to have died about 1800 in Buncombe County and was buried on what is now the Biltmore House property (in Asheville, North Carolina). Frances Russell Rogers moved with her son David to Cullowhee, Jackson County North Carolina in 1826 and died there on March 3, the same year. She was 84 years of age and is buried in the Rogers cemetery in Cullowhee."

submitted by John W Rogers (Rt 1, Box 266A, Clyde, NC 28721) The Chronicles of Haywood County, North Carolina

here's more from ***Sarah Haynes:

"He (Hughey) was a youth in his teens (19) when his father moved to Mecklenburg county prior to the Revolution. He enlisted as a private and served under General Sumter in his campaign in North and South Carolina until the close of the war. Hugh(ey) Rogers and Nancy Thornton were married in Mecklenburg county at the close of the war (ed-actually some 9 years later). "In this connection, some history of Nancy Thornton and her father, John Thornton, is essential to the completion of the story" (see notes under Nancy Thornton)

"In 1800, Hugh(ey) Rogers moved ...... to what is now Fines Creek township (which became Haywood county in 1808)... bringing with him his family and (widowed) mother, Frances Russell Rogers, who died (there) in 1828 at the home of her grandson David F Rogers, who then lived in the present county of Macon. She is buried in the little Rogers cemetery near the Davis home in Cullowhee.

"In a big log house, near where the Hiram Rogers School house used to stand, Hugh Rogers and Nancy Thornton Rogers spent the remainder of their days and reared their family.... who built their homes in different sections of Haywood county." ........."Nancy Thornton Rogers preceded her husband to the glory land by (5) years. Hugh remained at his old home until his death... The logs of this old house, which were hewn by his own hands, remain to be seen today (1932).

  • **Sarah K Roberts Haynes - Annals of Haywood County, North Carolina @1935

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Parents:
 Robert David Rogers (1741 - 1795)
 Frances Jackson Russell Rogers (1744 - 1828)

Spouse:
 Nancy Augusta Thornton Rogers (1763 - 1843)*

Children:
 John H. Rogers (1788 - 1852)*
 David F Rogers (1790 - 1882)*
 Jesse William Rogers (1791 - ____)*
 James Bayless Rogers (1792 - 1882)*
 Thonrton LaFontaine Rogers (1797 - ____)*
 Matthew Nathan Rogers (1798 - 1875)*
 Clark Powers Rogers (1801 - ____)*
 Hugh Rogers (1801 - 1886)*
 Robert Rogers (1805 - 1859)*
 Cyrus Judson Rogers (1807 - 1889)*
 George Andrew Newton Rogers (1811 - 1868)*
 Nicholas Powers Rogers (1813 - 1885)*
 Margaret Rogers Green (1822 - ____)*
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Burial: Thad Rogers Cemetery Haywood County North Carolina, USA


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Hugh Willard Rogers's Timeline

1761
1761
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
1788
1788
Age 27
Haywood, North Carolina, USA
1789
October 28, 1789
Age 28
Washington, Tennessee, United States
1790
1790
Age 29
Tennessee
1798
February 4, 1798
Age 37
Buncombe, North Carolina, USA
1801
July 12, 1801
Age 40
Buncombe, North Carolina, United States
1805
February 24, 1805
Age 44
Fines Creek, Haywood, North Carolina, USA
1807
July 10, 1807
Age 46
Fines Creek, Haywood, North Carolina
1811
1811
Age 50
North Carolina/Tennessee
1813
1813
Age 52
Buncombe, North Carolina, USA